Candidate filing period for Edgewood strong mayor to open soon

Edgewood is a step closer to restructuring its form of government with an elected mayor leading the city.

Pierce County Elections has announced a special filing period for candidates interested in running for Edgewood’s new strong mayoral position.

Filing opens Feb. 23 at 9 a.m. and closes Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. Candidates must be registered voters in Edgewood and residents of the city for at least a year.

Edgewood’s new mayor will serve a four-year term.

The east Pierce County suburb of about 9,400 people has a council-manager form of government, in which a city manager runs day-to-day operations and the mayor is a ceremonial position appointed from the pool of elected council members.

Edgewood voters narrowly approved a measure in the Nov. 4 election that changed the government to strong mayor, in which the mayor is elected directly by the people and has control over day-to-day operations in the city.

The measure passed by a margin of 31 votes — 1,892 supported it; 1,861 were opposed.

A citizen-led petition that circulated last spring spurred the measure. The group responsible for the effort also opposed the city’s short-lived utility tax, which was overturned last year.

City Manager Mark Bauer said the mayoral primary is set for April 28 and the general election will be Aug. 4.